Fresh faces and a hopeful start to the Orcas boys soccer team

by Coach Terry Turner

The Orcas Boys Varsity Soccer Team will be entering the fall 2019 season this year with the intention to continue to compete at the very highest levels of league and post-season play. For many of the players, the emphasis during the offseason has been on preparation involving weight training, conditioning, cross-training with other school sports, and attending soccer academies and soccer camps.

The Orcas Viking squad welcomes nine new players to the team this year, including some very talented young players, in addition to a solid core of 12 returning players. Orcas also enthusiastically welcome new Assistant Coach Sid Hayworth to the team. Hayworth is a former Viking player himself, who achieved all-league player of the year honors as a senior in 2006. Hayworth later played semi-professional soccer in California.

The focus of pre-season training has been continued physical conditioning, basic skills and ball handling, and fitting the pieces of the puzzle together to ensure that every player understands the system of play, and the role of each player in Orcas’ system.

At the time of publishing this article, Orcas will have played their first match at home against perennial powerhouse Mount Vernon Christian and their second match versus Grace Academy at Strawberry Fields in Arlington.